GIS + GPS = Illinois State Standards

Illinois Social Studies
State Standards

The following information should be helpful to exploring the relationships to GIS, GPS and the state standards. The world of geography is a very encompassing subject. Besides geography, when looking at the standards below, try to relate them to other subject areas as well.

The need for geographic literacy has never been greater or more obvious than in today's tightly interrelated world. Students must understand the world's physical features, how they blend with social systems and how they affect economies, politics and human interaction. Isolated geographic facts are not enough. To grasp geography and its effect on individuals and societies, students must know the broad concepts of spatial patterns, mapping, population and physical systems (land, air, water). The combination of geographic facts and broad concepts provides a deeper understanding of geography and its effects on individuals and societies.

STATE GOAL 14: Understand political systems, with an emphasis on the United States.
STATE GOAL 16: Understand events, trends, individuals and movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States and other nations.
STATE GOAL 17: Understand world geography and the effects of geography on society, with an emphasis on the United States.

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